General Assembly Moderator to Visit Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery
Dr. Heath Rada, moderator of the 221st General Assembly will be our guest at the Presbytery Gathering on June 4, 2016 in Caledonia. Last fall I invited Dr. Rada to visit Giddings-Lovejoy and we are blessed to have the GA Moderator present for the celebration of 200 years of Presbyterians within the bounds of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery.
The following information comes from information at the General Assemby website:
A native of Richmond Virginia, Dr. Rada is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Union Presbyterian Seminary and NC State University. He has also studied at St. Andrews University and Harvard University. Dr. Rada is ruling elder, retired from the position of CEO of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross where he served as coordinator for the work of that organization in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He also held the positions of interim CEO of Red Cross Chapters in San Diego, Minneapolis- St. Paul, and Ft. Worth. Prior to his work with the American Red Cross, Dr. Rada served as President of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond.
As an active church member, Dr. Rada has served in numerous capacities on the local, presbytery and national levels of the Presbyterian Church. Currently he serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, the Montreat Conference Center, and the Presbyterian Homes of North Carolina. He recently rotated off the board of the National American Red Cross Retiree’s Board. Previously he has served on numerous community boards in North Carolina and Asheville, including the Richmond Rotary Club, Sheltering Arms Hospital, Mission Hospital Foundation, Collegiate School, Council for America’s First Freedom, the National Conference for Christians and Jews (NCCJ), among others. He is a published author, a noted speaker, and has been honored numerous times for his contributions to his work and his community. He was North Carolina’s first Community Educator of the Year, the first recipient to receive an honorary Paul Harris Award from the Richmond Rotary Club, the recipient of the Margaret Bowen Award in Christian Education, and was named one of Richmond’s Humanitarians of the Year by the NCCJ. (This information and more is available at the PCUSA website.)
Dr. Rada has led the PCUSA with wisdom and grace during these past two years. He has listened around the country to the concerns, hopes and dreams of members and ruling and teaching elders.
Moderator Rada will be preaching at our Gathering on Saturday, June 4, and on Sunday, June 5, he will preach and lead a conversation at Dardenne Presbyterian Church. Dardenne welcomes all who would like to attend and interact with Moderator Rada.
“You never know what God has planned, and the best we can do is to make ourselves available to do God’s work in whatever capacity God works out for us. If we do that, it is not a matter of winning or losing. It’s a matter of being open to all sorts of possibilities and being faithful to God’s will as it plays out.” – Dr. Heath K. Rada
I hope many of you are on hand to welcome Dr. Rada on June 4. See below about the Moderator’s call to the church.
View testimonials about Dr. Heath Rada by following this link.
Presbytery Leader, Anita Hendrix